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Old 01-29-2012, 08:35 AM   #21
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The live rock is in and has been now for 24 hours, the test results are exactly the same as before

Ammonia - 1.2
Nitrite - 0.8
Nitrate - 5
Ph low - 7.6
Ph high - 8.1

On advise to kick start further I have just thrown in a Crevette from my fridge its the closest thing I have to a shrimp lol. Still having fun and found a great lfs yesterday only 30 mins drive from home. They have some lovely coral.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:08 AM   #22
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The tank looks good . Welcome to the site by the way.
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Looks great imo though 2 or 3 small rubble pieces on the sand would make it look fantastic.. give it a little more of a natural look

Edit* or maybe some coral skeletons instead actually
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Looks great imo though 2 or 3 small rubble pieces on the sand would make it look fantastic.. give it a little more of a natural look

Edit* or maybe some coral skeletons instead actually
We agree, we are thinking of the coral too. But need to get the fish and clean up crew in first. Let then settle then go coral hunting. Just need the tank to cycle.
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How quick can the ammonia spike in the tank? I am going to test it in 24 hours now I have the dead shrimp in but was curious as to how quick it can change?
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We agree, we are thinking of the coral too. But need to get the fish and clean up crew in first. Let then settle then go coral hunting. Just need the tank to cycle.
I meant coral "skeletons" which can be used as live rock
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I meant coral "skeletons" which can be used as live rock
Cool can I get this from anywhere?
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I just randomly find it in the boxes of lace rock at my lfs
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:41 AM   #29
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For all those that have helped so far I big thanks. With the dead Crevette shrimps in the tank I have finally had my ammonia spike this morning.

Test puts it at or just above 3.7. Finally started to cycle

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My ammonia has now hit the max my tester will show 6.1 but still no change with the trites or trates. Been 48 hours now. Is that normal??
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